31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Spend Time With Older Pastors

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While it is good to spend time with younger pastors, it is equally good to spend time with older pastors. There are pastors who have already experienced what we have yet to experience. They are […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Remember the Cross

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The day that I’m writing this is Good Friday, the day that we remember the crucifixion of Jesus. Jesus is the focus of our faith and the inspiration for our ministry. How did Jesus lead? […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Pray For Your Colleagues

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No one understands what it is like to be a pastor like another pastor. We know both the joys and pains of pastoral ministry. Who better to pray for other pastors than pastors? We may […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Invest in the Next Generation

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Moses had his Joshua. Elijah has his Elisha. Paul had his Timothy and Titus. Who do we have? Every current pastor was once a young person who knew nothing about ministry. Ideally, someone came along […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Plan to Finish Well

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When it comes to ministry, we can look at our past and our present. But what about our future? Specifically, how our ministry will end? Our pastoral ministry will end, the question is whether it […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Start Writing

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Most pastors are writers to begin with. Many of us write out a sermon manuscript, even if we may not preach from that manuscript. However, we can work on our writing skills. Developing our writing […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Read the Bible

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Read the Bible? Who reads the Bible more than pastors? That’s the problem. We read the Bible to plan out sermons and Bible studies. But how often do we read the Bible to feed ourselves […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Start a Reading Plan

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Many of the pastors I know love to read. They have large libraries and collect resources to help with sermon preparations. But we can do better than just reading commentaries and other biblical resources. The […]

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31 Days to Become a Better a Pastor: Pray For Your Congregation

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There are many activities that a pastor can be involved in but prayer is one of the most important. There are many things that we can pray for but one of the most important is […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Plan Out Your Year

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One way to do ministry is to do it Sunday by Sunday. Each week, pick a passage to preach on. Start or stop ministries as situations come up. Hope for the best and pray it […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Retreat!

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I was involved in a youth group at a particular church. The youth group traditionally went on retreats. One year, the youth pastor announced that Christians don’t retreat and so the time away was renamed […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Get Some Exercise

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In my first four months as a paid pastor, I gained about thirty pounds. This was the result of two things. One that I was spending much of my time getting together with youth at […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Mental Health

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One of the biggest challenges that I face as a pastor is responding to mental illness. While I had a couple of counselling courses in seminary, I feel that I lack background in mental health. […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Focus on Vision

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Most churches have some sort of vision/mission statement. They may have both. But more is needed than just having a vision statement. Even having the vision posted on the wall is not enough. It is […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Include Apologetics in Your Ministry

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Some people embrace Christian apologetics and some have no interest at all. I would suggest that pastors don’t have the right to reject apologetics. Even if we are not interested, apologetics is necessary for our […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Include Laypeople in Congregational Care

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There are those who argue that for churches to grow it is necessary for pastors to give up pastoral care. I reject that. I think that being involved in some pastoral care is by definition […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Build Your Team

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Whether you are the solo pastor of a small church or one of the pastors in multi-staff situation, we are all part of a team. Out team might be other pastors, deacons/elders or a group […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Embrace Those With Disabilities

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Many churches have embraced the concept of disabilities. Churches want diversity of gender, ethnicities, age, economic status and others. But what about disabilities? I need to confess that I’m biased in this area. In addition […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Continue Your Education

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Can you remember your time in Bible college or seminary? Were you counting the days until your graduation? Were you eager to finish your education? It is interesting to note that many other careers expect […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Invest in Your Preaching

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In smaller churches, pastors are equated with preachers. But even in larger churches, many pastors have preaching as one of their responsibilities, although perhaps not every week. After preaching for a number of years, it […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Observe a Sabbath

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One of the best decisions I have made is to observe a Sabbath. A Sabbath is not just a day off. A day off can easily be filled up with other stuff. A day off […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Subscribe to Some Podcasts

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One of the best ways to become a better pastor to be intentional in lifelong learning. The worst thing is to see graduation from Bible college or seminary as the end of learning. There are […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Focus on the Family

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There is much respect given to pastors who work long hours and who are always available to their congregation. But that doesn’t mean they are good pastors. What about their family? At one time there […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Embrace Thankfulness

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One of the best ways to build a long lasting and effective ministry is to cultivate an attitude of thankfulness. It is easy to focus on the things that are wrong or frustrating. Being thankful […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Get a Coach

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This post in the series is by guest blogger Dave Jacobs. Dave coaches pastors and you can find out more about him in the bio at the end of this post. Why you need a […]

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31 Days to Becoming a Better Pastor: Connect With Other Pastors

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One of the frequent descriptions of pastoral ministry concerns the loneliness of being a pastor. It doesn’t have to be that way. While I think it is good to have friends within the congregation, it […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: No Major Decisions on Mondays

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I’m told that Christian job sites have biggest spikes of pastor resumes on Mondays. That is, it is most likely on the day after a Sunday service that a pastor is looking for a new […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Take Time to Worship

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I have already talked about the importance for pastors to grow in their relationship with God in a previous post. Related to that but still distinct is the importance of worship. How are they different? […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Love Your Congregation

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The two most important things a pastor needs to do is to love God and love people. Often the loving of God comes easier than the love for people. Some people are easier to love […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Seek After God

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You have likely noticed that during safety demonstrations by airlines that the stewardess always tells the passengers that in case of emergency they need to put the oxygen on themselves before helping another. The reason […]

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31 Days to Become a Better Pastor: Remember Your Call

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I am not the best pastor in the world nor do I have all the answers. But I have been pastoring for over twenty years and have been able to serve in a variety of […]

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